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Local artist honors fallen soldiers with painting

Updated: Sunday, January 12 2014, 09:29 PM CST
Posted by Don Yeager (

On a unseasonably warm Sunday morning in January, dozens of people gathered at Fort Indiantown Gap to honor and remember two fallen soldiers.

CW3 Matthew Ruffner and CW2 Jarett Yoder were killed in Afghanistan during combat operations in April of 2013.

On this Sunday, a local artist unveiled a painting he created to remember their service and sacrifice.

The "Gun 23" painting placement ceremony was held as friends and families of the soldiers looked on.

Artist Larry Selman is a south central Pennsylvania native and grew up in a military family.

It took 8 months to create his piece of art and it depicts the last mission that Ruffner and Yoder went on after they were transferred to CO B 1-104th ARB in Fort Indiantown Gap.

Yoder was an AH-64D pilot and Aviation Life Support Equipment Officer. Ruffner was also an Aviation Life Support Equipment Officer as well as an Instructor Pilot.

Both men were also posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal.Local artist honors fallen soldiers with painting

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